Jillian Edelstein, on the topic of taking photos instead of living life:

It seems sad that world leaders such as Cameron and Obama, in the midst of a memorial for Mandela, found themselves unable to resist the power of taking a selfie, in order to prove to themselves that they were indeed present at the occasion. If they did not record it, how would they have proof that they were there?

If a tree falls in the forest… (Though I’m not sure this is all that different from any other photo op.)

The very first time I tried Loom, there was the “aha” moment: this is exactly how iCloud should workFast. Simple. Seamless. 

I now have six different devices hooked up, constantly sending my pictures and videos to the cloud and making them instantly available on any device.

In an age of mind-numbing “it just works” services and woeful reliability, Loom really does just work. Which is exactly why Google Ventures decided to invest.

More from the Loom team.

Andrew Weissman on his son using a smartphone as his camera:

All these techniques were driven by his ability to see the photos immediately after taking the picture. He could see, right away, the results of his tinkering. Something rarely available in the past.

As a result, he became fearless. About experimenting, using what he had but also trying new techniques, methods. Seeing the results and reacting to them, altering them, discarding them. In real time. He’s wondering if should save up and get at some point a digital single-lens reflect camera. Maybe he will, maybe he will lose interest in all of this.

Regardless, a new technology, one that I worried took away a most important part of the process for him (using the lens of my own experience), instead taught him something much different. And maybe more important. And he didn’t need to inhale any chemicals to learn that.

Sometimes I think the key to life is taking what you initially perceive to be a weakness and figuring out how it’s actually a strength.



And I’m seeing so many people do just that. They are double fisting. iPhone in one hand and a more “serious camera” for different photography experiences.

I like this new notion of “double fisting”, and I’ve certainly seen this trend amongst some friends as well. But I highly doubt this becomes a norm. Most people will always “single fist” and that single fist will carry a smartphone as a camera.

Remember too that while improvements are being made to standalone cameras, the speed of innovation is happening much faster on the smartphone cameras. I can’t wait to see this new “iPhone 5S” camera. I have a point-and-shoot that broke a few weeks back. I haven’t yet had the urge to fix it because I never use it anyway. 99.999999% of my pictures are taken with my iPhone.